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Community Garden Program

The City of Barrie's Community Garden Program is governed by the Community Garden Policy. There are currently four locations: Golden Meadow Park, Sunnidale Park, Shear Park and Eastview Community Park.

Community Gardens closed due to COVID-19​​​
All outdoor recreational amenities are closed until further notice. This includes playgrounds, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, dog off-leash parks, beaches, skateboard parks, picnic areas, outdoor community gardens, park shelters, outdoor exercise equipment, condo parks and gardens, and other outdoor recreational amenities.​ Residents can continue to register for community gardens through Service Barrie until further notice. Should this closure continue past June 12, 2020, residents may transfer their existing registration payment at that time to the ​2021 season or request a refund.​

Rental & Registration Information

Prior to renting a plot, gardeners are to read the policy and sign a Community Garden Plot Rental Contract.  The City of Barrie administers the registration of the garden plots and any alterations to the garden plan. The gardeners elect a garden coordinator to operate the day to day functions of the garden and liaise with the City. Gardeners are welcome to rent more than one plot after May 1st, subject to availability. 

Single Plot:  $20 + HST ($22.60) - 1.5 x 4.5m (5'x15')
Double Plot: $50 + HST ($56.60) - 3m x 4.5m (10' x 15')

How to Rent a Garden Plot

Current gardeners must re-register for their same plot annually by October 31st.  New Gardener registrations are accepted starting November 1st annually.
  1. Fill out and sign a Garden Plot Rental Contract​. One plot per person, except after May 1. 
  2. Submit in person, with payment of cash or cheque (payable to the "City of Barrie")  to Service Barrie, 1st Floor, City Hall, 70 Collier Street. Hours of Operation from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.
    Submit by mail with payment by cheque payable to the "City of Barrie"  (please do not send cash in the mail) to City of Barrie Community Garden Administrator, Service Barrie, Box 400, Barrie Ontario, L4M 4T5.
  3. Signed contracts will be received on a first-come/first-serve basis. Gardeners may pick their plot immediately if registering in person.  If the contract was submitted by mail, registrants will be notified of their plot number by phone or e-mail. Your contact information will be made available to the Garden Coordinator, who will contact you when the garden is opened up in the spring.  If you indicate on your contract that you are interested in being a Garden Coordinator, you will be contacted by the City of Barrie Community Garden Administrator.
  4. Due to the limited number of plots available, you may be placed on a waiting list, in priority sequence, if the plots are all rented by an early date.  Your payment will be returned to you if your contract was submitted by mail. If a plot becomes available, you will be contacted according to the waiting list priorit​y sequence, and the fee will be due at that time. Please submit your signed contract regardless of plot availability in order to help indicate the level of community interest and the need for more garden plots. 

Community Garden Locations

Golden Meadow Park - 139 Hurst Drive

Established in 2012 through financial support from Living Green - Environmental Action Barrie, this is an unfenced location, with parking and water service.  There are 12 single garden plots and 6 double plots available for a total of 18 plots in this location.  Please refer to the Golden Meadow Park - Community Garden Layout for plot numbers. Gardeners are welcome to rent more than one plot after May 1st, subject to availability.

Shear Park Community Garden - 21-23 Holgate Street

Constructed in 2019 by Urban Pantry through a Trillium Foundation grant, this is an unfenced location with parking and water service. There are nine single plots and nine double plots. There are two accessible single plots, raised to four feet (1.2 metres) with wide edges to support sitting. Raised beds are reserved for accessible rental until June 1 annually. They will be made available to the general public after June 1. Please refer to the Shear Park Community Garden Layout for plot numbers. Shear Park will be open for plot rentals on May 16, 2019.

Sunnidale Park - Coulter Street curve

Established in 2010, with a financial contribution and the work of many volunteers from Living Green - Environmental Action Barrie, the Sunnidale Community Garden is located along Coulter Street in Sunnidale Park.  It is a fenced area containing 10 single garden plots and 11 double plots (see Sunnidale Park - Community Garden Layout) within the fenced enclosure.  This layout is subject to change at the gardeners' discretion.  Gardeners are welcome to rent more than one plot after May 1st, subject to availability. Please note: there is no water tap available on site and gardeners are responsible for their own water supply.  There is also an abundance of groundhogs due to the natural parkland, and gardeners are advised to implement any controls necessary (raised beds, chicken wire etc.) on their plots to prevent loss of produce. 

(New in 2020) Eastview Community Park - 453 Grove Street

This is an unfenced location with parking and water service. There are two (2) raised plots, ten (10) ground level single plots and nine (9) double plots. In 2020, double plots #10 and #19 are sponsored communal plots. If you are interested in participating in a communal plot, please contact Service Barrie for more information.  This garden was sponsored and built by Urban Pantry through a Trillium Foundation Grant. Please refer to Eastview Garden Map for plot numbers.

Evolution of the Sunnidale Community Garden -  Photos  

November 2009: The location for the new community garden. Volunteers from Living Green (Environmental Action Barrie) prepare the garden March 2010: Young gardeners help lay sheet composting.
March 2010: The volunteers and gardeners are back to install the last 15 plots. May & Aug 2010:  The gardeners plant and weed and water and try to discourage the groundhogs. September 2010 Rich harvest.

(November 2009 - September 2010)


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